How to charge your iPhone 6 Plus from a power outlet in Cuba

A page on how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus with a Cuban power outlet by using an Apple Lightning cable with a Type A power adapter, powering the iPhone 6 Plus using a 3 pinned Type B power plug and how to recharge the iPhone 6 Plus using a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger

Cuban power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power the iPhone 6 Plus in Cuba. These instructions have been written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your iPhone 6 Plus when you're in Cuba.If you are visiting Cuba the following useful instructions show charging your iPhone 6 Plus by using the standard Type C, A or B 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, please note that Type C plug outlets are used by most Cubans. If the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Cuba from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you intend to stay somewhere like Havana or Santiago de Cuba refer to the Cuba country Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to the location. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus in Cuba

Can the iPhone 6 Plus be used in Cuba?

You can connect the iPhone 6 Plus to a Cuban power outlet.

Cuba

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in Cuba?

When travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Cuba to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Cubans use three different types of plug sockets (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of iPhone 6 Plus can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Cuba. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cuba

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 6 Plus, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Cuba.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Cuba. [10]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 6 Plus in Cuba?

Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Cuban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Instructions showing how to charge the iPhone 6 Plus with a Cuban power outlet with an Apple USB Lightning connector and a double pin Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus using the Cuban power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type A USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug outlet, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], is identified by 2 slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Lightning charging cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Cuban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Cuban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a Lightning Apple connector and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to power your iPhone 6 Plus from a Cuban power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 6 Plus using a Cuban power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should typically include the USB cable when you first purchase the iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as a Type B power outlet [6], is recognised by the two thin slots parallel to each other with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Apple Lightning power cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus Lightning connector is situated at bottom of your iPhone 6 Plus under the home button.
  4. Turn on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is powering up which typically takes between 1-4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPhone 6 Plus with a Cuban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Cuban power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your iPhone 6 Plus from a Cuban power outlet using the Lightning Apple connector with a 2 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the iPhone 6 Plus using the Cuban power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will normally include the cable when you first purchase your iPhone 6 Plus).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by 2 adjacent holes for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 6 Plus situated at the bottom of the iPhone 6 Plus.
  4. Switch on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 6 Plus is recharging taking roughly one to four hours to recharge.
Charging the iPhone 6 Plus from a Cuban power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Cuba country Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, under C$20.
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port, C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, under C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated cost under C$20.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, C$15-C$20.